Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Review: The Moody Handbook of Theology by:Paul Enns
About the Book:
The Moody Handbook of Theology leads the beginner into the appreciation and understanding of this essential field of study. It introduces the reader to the five dimensions that provide a comprehensive view of theology: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic and contemporary.
The apostle Paul wrote that all Scripture is 'profitable for teaching' (2 Tim. 3:16), that Timothy should 'pay close attention to...your teaching' (1 Tim. 4:16), and that leaders should 'be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict' (Titus 1:9). When he wrote these statements, Paul was referring to theology.
Beyond giving basic definitions and general descriptions, author Paul Enns summarized the substantial features of theology. In this way, he provides a concise doctrinal reference tool for the newcomer as well as the seasoned scholar seeking a refresher. There are fifty-five informative charts located at strategic points throughout the book.
About the Author:
PAUL ENNS (B.R.E., Winnipeg Bible College; Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) ministers at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida and serves as a professor and the director of the Tampa Extension, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Enns has also taught at Northwestern College in Minneapolis, and at both Dallas and Talbot Theological Seminaries. He is the author of twelve books including The Moody Handbook of Theology and Approaching God. Dr. Enns has two sons with his beloved and late wife, Helen.
This book gives the reader a better understanding of basic Theology. My husband plans on using it for help with the different courses he will take in seminary. For that purpose, it will be a great point of reference for you but it can also help the lay person to understand his Bible study a lot more. The points of reference listed are as follows Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Dogmatic Theology, and Contemporary Theology. Each one has a definition of its type of theology and a background of each one is listed as well.
To me the book was not thorough enough but the author gives you a list of items to provide for further study on each doctrine. A basic overview of each Theology is given with a brief explanation. The Biblical Theology was my favorite part of the whole book because it gave an expanded more thorough explanation for different apostles from the Bible and so much more. It is an expanded, updated version of a book that has in the past 25 years that has sold more than 125,000 copies.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the book you can do so at this link.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from MP Newsroom.